The Chinese lunar calendar 3


Caroline Young

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Year of the Ram 羊

Artistic, sensitive and elegant.
Inclined to be pessimistic but always lucky.

Best Partner is Pig or Rabbit.

—, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027

Lost in Translation…

In Chinese (羊; pinyin: yáng, more accurately translated as Caprinae), “ram”, “goat”, “sheep” are all called by the same word.
I always say “ram” because it sounds strong.

Year of the Monkey 猴

Clever and innovative, fast learner with a good memory.

Best Partner is Dragon or Rat.

—, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028

Year of the Horse 馬

Talented, hardworking and independent.
Also popular and impatient.

Best Partner is Tiger or Dog.

—, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026

Zodiac Collection

The Chinese lunar calendar is the oldest calendar in use today.

Created in 2637 B.C. by Emperor Huangdi, it completes its full cycle in sixty years, and is made up of five cycles of twelve years.

The legend surrounding the calendar tells of Lord Buddha, before he departed earth, summoning all the animals of the world to his side so that he could bid them farewell. However, only twelve of the most faithful beasts came to him.

As a reward for their loyalty, he named a year after each one, in the order of their arrival: the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Ram, the Monkey, the Rooster, the Dog, and the Pig.

Many believe that the animal into whose year one is born has a profound influence on one’s life. The Chinese have a saying:

“The animal of the year of your birth forever hides in your heart.”

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As an adopted child of Chinese-American expatriates, I have always been intrigued by how the Chinese culture explained the mysteries of the universe.